I got out the BBSII feeling it would balance nice with it, it sure did, beautiful. After a few pictures, I cast the rod, what a dream it did not roll cast like the sage but it hung in there and with super smooth loading which made it feel effortless.
I guess someone who would cringe at having a rod with "factory second" on the blank would always feel like well... like a factory second, Given the fact this thing is in 100% excellent condition, casts like a dream and appears to have the Orvis quality, one would be foolish not to atleast take a look at these rods. Something to consider is, there is no warranty but let me ask you something, This rod was purchased for $50.00. I think this rod would sell for atleast $300.00 or better easily, I am sure that extra money could be spent on a nice reel or other forms of stream gear ya know, if yer ego can get over the factory second issue!
If you are interested in a rod like this, I have heard they sell alot of them at the Tent Sales that travel around. Check out Orvis.com for the sale nearest you or, Keep an eye on Ebay for them. Oh, I also got a nice aluminum tube with a gasket sealed end cap for an additional $20.00, the sock came with the rod, nothing fancy, just a sock with no Orvis labeling.